The teaching of mathematics at Holderness is founded on a practice of collaboration that deepens understanding in two ways. First, we believe that working in partnership with others provides an important exercise in articulating mathematical thinking. Our students read or hear new concepts and then discuss this knowledge with their peers—a process that fosters both active and passive learning, as well as accountability. Second, in working collaboratively, our students develop their critical listening skills. As they seek to understand their peer collaborators, they develop openness and flexibility with regard to their mathematical analyses.
Values
Connections: Students are exposed not only to the many connections present within mathematics as a discipline, but also the exciting connections that occur between mathematics, other fields of study, and a variety of possible career paths. Our students use current events, data from websites and companies, and other available sources to apply classroom concepts to real world applications.
Collaboration: Holderness students work in collaborative learning environments so as to deepen their understanding of mathematical concepts, allowing students the opportunity to articulate their own thinking and to develop the listening skills that allow them to enrich their understanding through teamwork.
Technology: Students have the opportunity to learn and review concepts by using flipped classrooms created by teachers, video tutorials, and Smartboard classroom notes. Students are also able to hone problem solving skills by completing online practice problems. Technology, including graphing calculators and specialized software (e.g., Excel and Fathom), are introduced and explored as important tools to be used in the study of mathematics. We recognize that technology is an important tool; however we also believe that core skills and mental math are important.
Develop Independent and Critical Thinking: We build math confidence. We develop a work ethic towards math. Through problem solving techniques, utilization of extra help, nightly homework, and group projects, our students learn to be confident mathematicians who can think creatively. We recognize that we are preparing our students for jobs and a world that is currently unknown to us and to them, and our goal is for them to be curious and able to adapt to difficult problems.
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Mathematics Course Descriptions